New Braunfels Edition | July 2021

BUSINESS FEATURE StrengthBuilt Athletics

BY LAUREN CANTERBERRY

IT’SNOTREALLYA GYM. THESEARE NOTMEMBERS; THESEARE RESIDENTS. THESE ATHLETES, THEY SPENDHOURS ANDHOURS WORKINGHERE.

Local gym trains top competitors W hen Dr. Grant Smith, an ophthalmologist with the New Braunfels Vision Center, purchased the building located at 1389 Wald Road in 2015, he intended to use the facility to produce eyeglass lenses. One side of the building was the former home of Athletic Republic, and in 2017 Smith shifted his plan to keep that gym space while lenses were made in the other half of the building, said Garrett Klaproth, manager of StrengthBuilt Athletics. “[Smith] started renting it out to personal trainers … and that’s kind of how StrengthBuilt came to be,” he said. Klaproth has been a trainer for more than 10 years and trained Smith before becoming the manager of the facility in 2019. Now, the gym is a space where men and women train for powerlifting, bodybuild- ing and Strongman competitions, which incorporate a variety of strength events. Athletes pay $60 per month, though discounts are available for rst responders and military personnel. “A lot of people here are competing for some- thing,” Klaproth said. “They are very goal-driven, and they are very experienced.” StrengthBuilt also hosts a rookie powerlifting meet each year, and the gym has also hosted women’s meets, Klaproth said. As the gym continues to grow and host more events, Klaproth and his team are working to convert an outdoor space into a training area specically for Strongman training. “I would like to get some punching bags out there and stu like that; my athletes could probably use a little bit more cardio,” Klaproth said. Athletes who train at the gym have become a community, Klaproth said, due in part to the dedication each one has to their sports. “It’s not really a gym. These are not members; these are residents,” Klaproth said. “These athletes, they spend hours and hours working here.”

GARRETT KLAPROTH, MANAGER

Garrett Klaproth has managed the facility since 2019.

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MAKING OF A STRONGMAN Strongman competitions are hosted around the country and include a variety of strength events. AXLE BARDEADLIFT Athletes work to complete as many deadlifts with an axle bar as they can within a minute STONE OVERBAR The athlete lifts an atlas stone over a high bar onto a platform. The competition either focuses on the weight of the stone or the number of repetitions completed in one minute.

Klaproth completes axle bar deadlifts during a competition.

COURTESY STRENGTHBUILT ATHLETICS

Richard Moczygemba, a champion strongman, practices the log press at the gym.

CARDEADLIFT An athlete completes deadlifts with a car.

COURTESY STRENGTHBUILT ATHLETICS

StrengthBuilt Athletics 1389 Wald Road,

KEG TOSS A competitor will toss heavy objects, like kegs and concrete blocks, over a high wall. LOGPRESS The competitors press large, heavy objects such as logs and kegs.

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New Braunfels 830-358-2522 www.strengthbuilt.com Hours: daily 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

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